About us

Ashden's mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world.

What we do

Ashden boosts climate innovation in the UK and Global South. Our support brings clean energy to villages and refugee camps, and fixes up cold and draughty homes. It makes schools more sustainable, and helps communities protect and restore the nature around them.

We give awards and grants. We shine a spotlight on innovators, and connect them with new partners. We work with funders and policymakers to influence, inspire and raise ambition.

Ashden supports good green jobs, better health and fairer societies. If that’s the world you want, why not get in touch?

How we create impact

With this model we have helped politicians to adopt stronger climate policies, innovators to secure investment worth millions of pounds, and journalists to place inspiring stories in global media.

First, we discover

Finding trailblazing projects, people and organisations.

Then we amplify

Sharing their inspiring stories with change- making audiences. 

Next, we scale

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Supporting innovators and their ideas to grow and develop.

Finally, we connect

Building the networks that help climate solutions thrive.

Supercharging climate pioneers

Our annual Ashden Awards have been supercharging climate pioneers for over 20 years, and we run a growing range of networks and campaigns. Our current strategic focus is green jobs, skills and livelihoods – which have the potential to accelerate climate action around the world.

2022-25 Strategy

Ashden’s mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world.

To reach this goal, we are putting climate solutions that boost green jobs, skills and livelihoods at the heart of our work. Backing these solutions supports more inclusive and regenerative economies and societies, which create better lives as well as lower emissions.


Ashden is all about networks

 We help organisations learn and share ideas through masterclasses and workshops, and bring them closer to their key audiences – from local authorities in the UK to investors in energy access.

Consultancy: helping you create high-impact climate action

Ashden consultancy is rooted in our deep knowledge of tried and tested climate solutions, and the challenges and opportunities faced by local authorities and other organisations.


Climate champions are worth shouting about

So we share their stories in the media and on film. We showcase them through events, campaigns and reports. In doing so, we give communities the tools and inspiration to take action and face down the climate emergency.

But our work doesn’t stop there. We are helping UK schools radically lower their emissions (and their energy bills too). We are helping climate innovators withstand the coronavirus pandemic, and power the green recovery. And we are taking on the global cooling challenge, a neglected climate battle.

We can only create a fairer, better, low-carbon future if we improve diversity in our organisation and work for change in the wider climate sector. A broader range of views and experiences will help us understand the challenges different communities face, and support solutions that work for all.

Read our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

To achieve our goals we are working with fellow members of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust on a common diversity, equity and inclusion policy. In recent years we have taken practical steps such as improving the diversity of our board and awards judging panels, and introducing inclusive recruitment measures. But there is much more to do – so we pledge to continue investing in action, and to monitoring and sharing the results of our efforts.

Together, we create impact.

Get to know our staff and trustees

Explore our 2022 Annual Report and Accounts

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